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In Love Field

by The Offbeat

Harmonic pop music
Genre: Pop: Sunshine Pop
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1. She Can Make the Sun Shine
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2. Someday Somehow
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3. Something About the Girl
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4. Blue Sky
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5. You and Me
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6. Where is the Girl
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7. When You Got Love
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8. Word to the Wise
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9. A Love to Last
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10. Jennifer Sometimes
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Harmonic pop music

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Nick Lease [www.heyday-mo.com] UK

The Offbeat In Love Field
Melodic UK band The Offbeat have a new CD out entitled ‘In Love Field’ and I’ve been quite taken with it. Ten tracks of pure harmony laden pop with Beatles influences. Stand out is ‘Word To The Wise’ which has that ‘staggered’ ‘Revolver’ sense of rhythm – think ‘She Said She Said’ and ‘Taxman’. Recommended if you like your pop ‘pure’. A fine effort.
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Tim Hinely Daggerzine.com [USA]

The Offbeat In Love Field
All you need to do is toss a baseball in the air and it will most likely hit a musician who is influenced by The Beatles. Most are lousy but some, like this UK bunch (led by songwriter Darren Finlan) are excellent. 5 of these tunes are on last year’s killer TO THE RESCUE ep and they add 5 more and all are superb. Do not miss.
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Alan Haber Pure Pop/buhdge.com [USA]

In Love Field & The Offbeat
I’ve just come upon your music on CD Baby, and now on your website. I’m over the moon about what I’ve heard! This is great, happy pop music of the Beatlesque variety that puts a smile on the listener’s face upon first listen. Take the vocals in the intro to She Can Make the Sunshine; they just send a shiver up my spine as they spill into the first verse, the bridge, and finally the catchy chorus. This song has a wonderful, infectious melody and great vocals. What could be better? Something About the Girl has great vocal harmonies and a killer chorus with a hook that runs deep. I’m already singing along! Wasted, the tale of a love that completely takes over the object of affection, is another wonderful song with great harmonies and a sumptuous melody. You guys are making top notch music!
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Aaron Kupferberg [Powerpopaholic]

The Offbeat In Love Field
The Offbeat "In Love Field"
The Beatlesque band takes all the tracks from the great EP "To The Rescue" and adds a few more to make it even better. Since I already raved about those tracks, the band pretty much continues where it left off with "Where is The Girl" complete with it's McCartney styled melody and crisp harmonies. A country-folk harmony leads the warm sing along "Whern You Got Love" and this easy feeling continues on "A Love To Last." The band has gone beyond just sounding Fab, but stretching to include other bands of the era like The Hollies, Herman's Hermits, and even the closing track "Jennifer Says" recalls The Moody Blues. You have to give the boys (Darren Finlan, Tony Cox, and Nigel Clark of Dodgy) full credit for serving up such sweet slices of pop nostalgia to close out the summer with. [8/10]
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Peter Scott

Peter's Power Pop [Australia] http://auspowerpop.blogspot.com/
After studiously avoiding finding out anything about the band, its members, and its music, I put the CD in the drive, pressed "Play", and hoped for the best...

My first reaction was one of surprise. I must admit that, before hearing a note, a tiny part of me was thinking that the music was going to be the kind that's terribly popular at the moment which is simple garage rock à la The Strokes, The Killers, The Hives, etc etc etc etc etc. To me, that music has a whole lot of attitude but not a lot of melody.

Although I usually listen to something at least three times before forming an opinion about what I've heard, here are my first impressions. I'll try not to provide a running commentary on each and every song (that can get boring real quick), but what's what you'll probably end up reading:

Track 1 ("She Can Make The Sun Shine"):
When the track started my first reaction was "Beach Boys!". And my second reaction was "It's not horrible!". I was relieved to hear that it wasn't more Strokes, Killers, Hives et al.
Track 2 ("Someday Somehow"):
I liked the out-of-tune guitar effect at 0:46. It made me laugh. I must admit that before I heard this track I had Marshall Crenshaw in my mind, only because the name of your song reminded me of Marshall's "Someday, Someway". I'm glad that "Someday Somehow" doesn't sound anything like "Someday, Someway". (For the record – no pun intended – I adore the music of Marshall Crenshaw. To me, he couldn't write a bad song if he tried.)
Track 3 ("Something About The Girl"): Nice harmonies.
Track 4 ("Blue Sky"): Even nicer harmonies. I liked the false ending, followed by that long outtro. I also liked the very end of the song where the instruments just sort of stop playing when they felt like it, instead of all at the same time.

The more I listen to this album, the more I think that I'm going to enjoy listening to it again.

Track 5 ("You And Me"): This sounds a little like John Lennon when John went all domestic in the late 70's. ("You And Me" reminds me of "Beautiful Boy".)

Track 6 ("Where Is The Girl"): Now we're back in Beach Boys territory. Boy, that singer* sure sounds like late-70's John Lennon. That, to me, is A Good Thing. The chorus has just started. Yum. I'm definitely going to enjoy listening to this album again. The arpeggiated ostinato guitar part in the later choruses reminded me of the magnificent guitar part in "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". It sounds like you guys like The Beatles as well as The Beach Boys. By the way, I liked the little mistake at 1:40 (the bass drum hesitates very slightly). I don't know why musicians try to make their music completely perfect, because I like little mistakes in recordings – it makes musicians sound human, not like machines. And I like this song. Truth be told, I like every other song I've heard so far. Next song, please.

(*Note to self: Find out the name of The Offbeat's singer.)

Track 7 ("When You Got Love"): An acoustic-y, down-home, rustic kind of track. A nice break from the previous songs. I like the guitars, but I especially liked the guitar that sounds to me like a 12-string that's had some audio processing to make it sound like a hammered dulcimer. (Well, that's what I'm hearing anyway.)

Track 8 ("Word To The Wise"): I like the loose background vocals (they sound relaxed instead of sloppy). Another false ending. I have a feeling you like false endings.

Track 9 ("A Love To Last"): The singer in this song reminds me of Graham Gouldman. (I'm a huge fan of 10cc, so someone sounding like Graham Gouldman is a big plus for me). This song had me nodding my head in no time.

Track 10 ("Jennifer Sometimes"): A nice, slightly trippy track. Very 60's. I liked it.
Right. That's what I first thought of the album.
(Update: I found out, courtesy of the CD booklet, that Nigel Clark does all the singing. Hi, Nigel! I also found out that you wrote all the songs. Thanks, Darren, for writing songs I like.)
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to the album again.

I've listened to the album my regulation minimum three times (so far, I've listened to it four times – and I'm about to play it again), so I'm now in a position to make a hideously pretentious announcement:

I officially Like This Album.
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Absolute Powerpop

Absolute Powerpop
The Offbeat-In Love Field. First, I'll cut and paste from last year's review of To The Rescue, whose five tracks are repeated here:
The Year of the EP continues as another outstanding one comes down the pike, this time from the Brit popsters The Offbeat, whose self-titled debut last year was a real treat. If you liked that disc, then you'll love this EP as it serves up more of the same Merseyside, early Beatles pop without being too retro. "She Can Make the Sunshine" lives up to its name as glorious sunshine pop, "Someday Somehow" uses the "Bo Diddley" beat to nice effect, and "Blue Sky" is jangly goodness.
How about the new tracks? They're worthy additions to the Offbeat canon. Among them, "Where is the Girl?" is a moody Beatlesque number in the vein of "For No One", "Word to the Wise" has a George Harrison jangly vibe to it, and "A Love to Last" channels Billy J & The Dakotas. If you missed the EP, don't miss out here.
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Emanuel Marian

Under The Tangerine Tree [Italy]
And ' retain them looking for a band. The OffbeatHosted for the third time in the pages of UTTT , these parts are now home. A couple of years ago , the earliest readers will recall, we talked homonym British trio's debut album , and just last summer analyzing To The Rescue [Fifth ranked in the top ten ep 2009]. At Love Field, signed the new work along the famous Darren Finlan, Tony Cox and Nigel Clark again resumed the conversation interrupted by To the Rescue , and now will explain why. The new album is in fact an extended version of the ep , 2009, begins with the same 5 pieces and adds many , but woe to tap with the thought that this is a commercial move . The reasons for them Finlan clear when it states that "all ten songs in Love Field are part of a unique address , a single discussion on the various facets of love. Each fragment , each track has a precise meaning singular, but at the same time is a vital piece of the puzzle overall . That's why we decided to include songs ep : there were , the disc would have lost all meaning.

Knowing what was proper premise , I think the school (this is the third time I do ) treat the contents of another real good combo disc dall'affidabilissimo British designer . The passionate love and analyzed in ten different ways, of course, contained in ten casings valuable Merseybeat typical solar aficionados of matter. classic songwriting and vocals competent interpret fragments of a style that never grow tired of incense . For those who had not had the opportunity to hear the extended play of last year, remember who made the fortune as the glittering nuggets She Can Make the Sun Shine and sing along to his classic system of mid - period Beatles. Then Blue Sky, Where the focus Offbeat impress their trademark traditional standards of fact Mersey illuminated by light and especially California Something About the Girl, powerpop striking example of pre - litteram one of the best tracks heard in the past year .

Clarified that the quoted passages , alone , would make the fortune of many mediocre albums , Finlan and the company decided to split the hat and enrich them with five songs of pure astral , and they reach the heights of their compositional level . We cite , for example, Where is the Girl. In my opinion the best time of the album, where the very first notes can be glimpsed the composure and confidence of the best melodic Turtles . Aye, issue of vocal pop at its best! And what about the extraordinary When You Got Love? That his midtempo , background to truly sumptuous interweaving harmonies , leads to the mind and heart and never forgotten debut album of the legendary Blue , who has ears to hear. With Word to the Wise and A Love to LastThe couple of tracks later , back in the days of Merseybeat traditional perfume , made of simple paradigms , time to dance hall and poster Mindbenders and Herman 's Hermits in the room.

The conclusion is entrusted to Sometimes JenniferA perfect acoustic McCartiano to seal a record that , in very generous doses , gives the listener exactly what the listener expects and maybe something more . Why is good style , but in the end , then count the songs. Over and out a notice to mariners: those who were already in possession of the ep To the Rescue not worry . It ' true that listening to Love Field recognize five " old " songs, but Finlan and associates have solved this problem by selling Love Field in the price of an extended play mode. A good reason to support , as well as independent music , the intellectual honesty of three boys for good.
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Luis de Ory

Powerpopaction.com [Spain]
"The Offbeat is not a conventional band use, is an artifice, that's how they define themselves, considered a single group of friends who, in the possession and use their different talents come together just to play and enjoy.
The new disc Darren Finlan just published, is likened himself to a place of nature where things sprout, grow, change with the seasons and gone without realizing it, drawing a metaphor that seems to show that fleeting moment of pleasure they feel while enjoying a great album and that little feeling of emptiness that is the end. "In Love Field"Is composed of ten tracks of brilliant pop: five new songs and already on the EP" To The Rescue "published in 2009. The decision to include these songs already published before, focuses more on artistic reasons than commercial reasons, as we have commented on the group members themselves.
Visible head of the band and composer of all songs is Darren himself. His artistic intention is to express their feelings in simple songs of love, built with a texture pop and directed people who had never heard his music.
His traveling companions are old friends of the English pop scene: Tony Cox and Nigel Clark, Leader of Dodgy, they have made, along with Darren, to shape a bright Sunshine Pop album in which they express their enthusiasm for the Beatles, the Beach Boys and generally cleaner pop sound of the 60's mixed with a dash of pop-folk of the West Coast.
Of course, these musicians are from the view of which have no desire to live off the profits made by selling his songs. When you simply print it on your hard illusion, love and the love of all that passion and yourself you handle self-published, gives an idea of how far away that many musicians are in the music business, always back to the musicians with real talent . Another example of this are the artistic reasons that have declared to include songs from their EP last year. We have said that if someone who has bought "To The Rescue" feels cheated by its inclusion of songs already published, to be contacted con them and send you a copy of "In Love Field" free.
After all this humble statement we have no intentions to give the play the player. "She Can Make The Sun Shine"And we predict the sound that we will meet along the album. Bright and sunny pop, full of voices, with great influence of crystalline pop bands of the late 60's. Also in "Something About The Girl"Music used this recipe, the simplicity of a pop tune wrapped up by choirs and vocals from the opening stages. "You And Me"With a deep memory to Lennon's Double Fantasy, which almost seems that after those chords will sound acoustic" Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy). " "When You Got Love"A genuine style folkie sound of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, or "Where Is The Girl" and "Word To The Wise" My favourites on the album, that show more clear devotion to the Beatles.
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Josechu of Modforever.blogspot.com

The Offbeat In Love Field
By now you will have fathomed that this is not a “mod’ group, but when I like something I mention it. The Offbeat are not a conventional group, they are the pet project of Darren Finlan and Tony Cox and Nigel Clark of Dodgy, both known in the British pop scene (the trio feature in Tony Cox’s "Unpublished", 2009), who also feature in this "In Love Field" (2010) with 10 tracks that will inevitably remind you of the Beach Boys, the Beatles or Crowded House... Pop with a capital P; get smitten by the first song "She can make the sunshine" and let the rest of the tracks surprise you.
In fact this record contains five tracks already published in the EP "To The Rescue" in 2009, but it has been enriched with five more songs to become an LP, a duration which according to Darren Finlan can reach more people. The added tracks give some continuity to "in love field" and give you the impression of listening to a complete record created as a whole from scratch. In their webpage you can find tracks like "She can make the sunshine", "Blue Sky", "Something about the girl", "Someday somehow", which are in this record.
You can also find tracks from their previous work, "The Offbeat", 2008, composed together with Tony Cox (six tracks feature in their record "Unpublished"), as "Wasted", "Lonely Girl" or "Keep it Real", where you can feel Darren’s touch. "Wasted" in particular is a very rounded song.
Both records are self-published, a very good reason to try and get them ‘legally’ and not with a miserly click.
In a nutshell, The Offbeat are a group that, as I’ve read in several webpages, will put a smile on your face… with me they have definitely succeeded.
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Bill Sullivan

Billsmusicforumblogspot.com
With their new CD, "In Love Field", The Offbeat are out to make you grin from ear to ear. This UK outfit led by Darren Finlan is quite literally bringing the British Invasion back - "In Love Field" sounds like it was pulled straight out of a 1969 time capsule. The record is full of gorgeous melodies, sunny beats, and harmonies that rival Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Just listen to the first couple bars of the opening track, "She Can Make The Sun Shine", to see what I'm talking about - the bouncy, shimmering music matches the title precisely. The hand-jive beat of "Someday Somehow" is another throwback to a bygone era, but fans of retro rock and pop are going to eat it up. "Something About The Girl" retains the Brit Invasion feel, but also has more to offer to contemporary pop rockers. Acoustic guitars imbue "Blue Sky" with a breezy, feel-good atmosphere, making it a keeper as well. The rich harmonies on the acoustic-driven "When You Got Love" are another must hear, especially for fans of The Hollies. A final highlight I'd like to mention is "Word To The Wise", which has a distinct Herman's Hermits feel to it.

You can't help but feel all warm with nostalgia after hearing "In Love Field". The Offbeat will please fans of The Beatles, The Buckinghams, Lovin' Spoonful, and The Monkees.
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